The doctrine of the Trinity gives Christians licence to say who and what God is, with the proviso that whatever might be God cannot be captured directly in language. In a gentle commendation of this doctrine, I am motivated more by the modern battle for gender equality than by ancient metaphysical speculation. I observe that in modern discussions of gender there has been a deployment of a range of concepts – person, relation, individual, identity, difference, equality, diversity (and for Christians the additional concepts of communion and love). But these concepts are shifting and contested. Is there a transcending source or ultimate configuration of reality in which the hope expressed by the use of these concepts finds its fulfilment? I will argue there is: the Trinity is the fulfilment of that hope.
Keywords: ATHANASIAN CREED: COMMUNION: DIFFERENCE: EQUALITY: GENDER: LOVE: PERSONS: TRINITY